Citing Coronavirus, Acadia Suspends Sale of UK Business

In light of COVID-19, Acadia Healthcare (Nasdaq: ACHC) has temporarily suspended the sale of its U.K. business. Executives previously hinted proceeds from the sale would be used to help grow the U.S. arm of the business. While interest from potential buyers remains strong, the Franklin, Tennessee-based behavioral health provider will pause the sales process until […]

Digital Behavioral Providers Offer Free Services to Health Care Workers For COVID-19 Stress

Multiple virtual behavioral health companies are offering their services to health care workers for free amid the COVID-19 crisis. Three such providers are Headspace, Orbit Health Telepsychiatry and Ginger. Headspace, a digital provider of mental wellness, mindfulness and meditation services, announced Monday that it will provide free subscriptions for the year to American health care […]

COVID-19 Regulatory Changes Let Behavioral Providers Remotely Prescribe Meds, Use Tablets for Telehealth

The Trump administration continues to loosen health care regulations in an attempt to better equip providers to deal with COVID-19. For the behavioral health industry, the newfound flexibilities make it much easier for providers to deliver comprehensive telehealth services. Due to the crisis, the government is looking past certain HIPAA rules, allowing providers to deliver […]

Lyra Health Partners with Starbucks to Provide Mental Health Benefits to Employees

Mental health benefits manager Lyra Health will provide all Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) employees and eligible family members with up to 20 sessions per year with therapists and coaches starting April 6. The Seattle-based coffee giant announced the move Monday. All sessions will be free of charge to users. Burlingame, California-based Lyra provides similar services to […]

UHS, Acadia, Other Behavioral Providers Share COVID-19 Response Plans

Behavioral health providers around the country are doing their best to meet the need for services while also mitigating the risks surrounding COVID-19. For some, that means suspending visitation and leaning into telehealth, while for others it means taking things day-by-day and case-by-case. Here’s how the behavioral health industry is responding to the coronavirus pandemic. […]

COVID-19 Likely to Worsen Behavioral Health Workforce Shortage

The entire world is feeling the economic impact of the coronavirus, or COVID-19. With sports seasons suspended, events canceled, businesses closed and travel discouraged, the pandemic is battering just about every industry in the U.S. And while experts predict COVID-19 will boost the demand for behavioral health services, that isn’t necessarily a good thing, as […]

Identifying Behavioral Health Needs Is A Top Patient Safety Concern for Health Care Providers

Being able to identify behavioral health needs early is a top patient safety concern for health care providers, a new survey asserts. The ECRI Institute, a nonprofit organization that promotes best practices for health care providers, published the results on its annual list of top 10 patients safety concerns. For 2020, ECRI declared early recognition […]

In the Pipeline: New Behavioral Hospital in Midwest; Autism Centers Open

Opened Ohio children’s hospital unveils behavioral health center Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, has opened a new building on its campus to provide behavioral health services to patients. Construction on the new facility cost $159 million, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Both Nationwide — the Fortune 500 insurer and financial services manager for which […]